Monday, March 21, 2016

Travel to Cuba

President Obama is making an historic visit to Cuba this week. If his trip has made you wonder who exactly is allowed to visit Cuba these days, this site from the U.S. Department of State should answer your questions. See particularly the section on "Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements:"

If you would love to visit Cuba but don't meet the criteria for approved travel, you may have to make do by renting a classic car, going out for a Cuban sandwich, and watching some "I Love Lucy" reruns.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Women in Congress

As it's both an election year and Women's History Month, this site from the U.S. House of Representatives which highlights women who served in Congress between 1917 and 2006 may be of interest.

It "contains biographical profiles of former women Members of Congress, links to information about current women Members, essays on the institutional and national events that shaped successive generations of Congresswomen, and images of each woman Member, including rare photos." And, as it's the Ides of March, I'll point out that most, if not all, of these women ended their political careers a bit more peacefully than Julius Caesar.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Patent and Trademark Resource Centers

Have you invented something wonderful? Do you want the world to know that you were the first one who created that wonderful thing? Do you want to start a small business to sell your invention, or some other wonderful thing? If so, a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) may be able to help you learn about owning and registering those types of intellectual property:

Before you file a new application, you'll want to search the existing patents and trademarks to make sure no one else has already claimed or registered the same thing. PTRCs can help you do that. Sadly, being the second or third person to invent the telephone isn't nearly as exciting as being the first.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Colon Cancer Awarness Month

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Is it time for you to get screened? If you're not sure, this page from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention describes the screening tests currently in use and tells you how often they should be performed:

If it's been too long since your last test, please get your rear in gear and call your doctor today to schedule an appointment. It may be the best booty call you'll ever make.